Project Management Essentials-Aligned

Aligned to Unit Standard: 120372
NQF Level: NQF 4
Credits: Aligned
Course Category: Management & Leadership

Time: 9:00AM
Duration: 2 Days

• People in organisations who recognise that taking a projects approach to achieving strategy and work leads to greater success.
• Project Team leaders or Team members, who have limited experience in managing projects, and who wish to gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of good project management.
• People with some experience who wish to refresh their exposure to the discipline of Project Management

By the end of this course you will be able to:
• Utilise a projects approach to plan and manage work initiatives for greater success.
• Define what is meant by a project and how it differs from normal management tasks
• Identify and interview Stakeholders
• Influence others positively and negotiate satisfactory outcomes to problems
• Set clear and realistic objectives for a project and understand the stages of the project life cycle
• Appreciate the range of techniques and tools used in planning, organising and controlling projects and be able to select appropriate methods to suit the size and type of project being managed
• Understand how Project Management applications can help you to plan and track projects. We capture a project onto a cloud based Project Management application and examine the Gantt Chart, and Critical Path.
• Plan for effective communications
• Gain and maintain the support and commitment of others and clearly identify the role of project team members
• Monitor, control and adjust a project effectively and create a true picture of progress achieved
• Review and learn from strengths and weaknesses identified on completion of a project
• All learners will receive a set of template documents – Project Charter, Kick Off Presentation, Change Control, Risk Management Action Plan, Skills Matrix, and Project Closing Checklist

Project Definition and Life Cycle
• What is a project?
• Phases of the Life Cycle
• Stakeholder identification and interview
• Identifying project goals and key decision points
• Project organisational structures
• The project management system – procedures and documentation
• Defining and clarifying project objectives, scope and constraints
• Defining strategic fit and gaining agreement with key project roles

Project Planning - Understanding the Principles
• Planning tools and methods
o Work, product and cost breakdown structure
o Critical path and slack time
o Gantt charts - communicating the plan
• Identifying areas of risk and contingency planning
• Risk management and assessment during the lifetime of the project
• Practical use of Project Management software to help to plan and track Project Communication
• Maintaining communication throughout the project
• Achieving buy-in and commitment from all project participants and benefactors
• Keeping people informed - using communication to keep the project visible and alive

Project Leadership and Team Working
• Building effective project teams
• Agreeing ways of working - overcoming cultural differences
• The demands of virtual teams
• Keeping abreast of project progress
• Agile project management for – scrums as an effective management approach
• The roles and responsibilities of the Sponsor, Project manager and Team members in working together for project success

Project Monitoring and Control
• Accurate capture of progress to date
• The critical management of the Triple Constraints – Time, Cost and Scope
• Responding to problems and changes
• Progress reporting and assessment
• Methods of monitoring and controlling a project
• Using review meetings and progress reports

Post Launch Review / Learning’s
• Project completion and launch of the project
• Project performance – capturing and sharing the lessons learned
• Celebrating project success with all involved

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Nikki Pears
Course Details

Unit Standard: 

Aligned to Unit Standard:120372

NQF Level: 

Level 4


Non Credit Bearing

Course Delivery Method: 

Presented Presented Courses

In House In-House

Course Duration: 

2 days


R4 400 excl VAT per delegate with a reduced rate for 3 or more from the same organisation

Course fee Includes: 

Refreshments including a light lunch